Houses in the Lakeland metro area are the most overvalued in Florida and 21st most overvalued in the U.S., according to a new Florida Atlantic University study. Home prices here are 31.39% higher than would be expected based on trends of the last 25 years, the study concluded. One of the professors conducting the study told The Ledger he was unsurprised by the finding because of relatively low housing costs here and projections that metro Lakeland’s population will grow 24% population over the next 10 years. MORE: WFLA | News release | U.S. list | Florida list | Methodology
Unlike neighbors in Orlando and three Tampa Bay area counties, Lakeland residents don’t need to worry about COVID-19 treatments affecting municipal water supplies or the taste of drinking water. More
The city of Lakeland has updated its mobile app and added new features that let residents alert the city to problems and submit ideas for improvements. More
Thirty of the 73 hospitals in the Tampa Bay area do not comply with a new regulation aimed at making costs more transparent, and Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is one of them, according to a nonprofit organization monitoring compliance. More
A new Publix supermarket opening this summer on County Line Road at Pipkin Road will include some new amenities, The Ledger reports. The deli will be located in the middle of the store, and a mezzanine with a balcony will give customers an area to relax, socialize, eat or work using free wifi. (Subscriber-only story)
LkldNow is introducing a new events calendar, one we think is the most comprehensive listing of things to do in Lakeland and Central Florida. More
Financial adviser Lorrie Delk Walker of Allen & Co. talks about her path to financial well-being on the newest edition of LkldNow in View. She and host Andrea Oliver also discuss how Walker found her passion for helping others get on a strong financial footing after a career in journalism and public relations.
A Lakeland widow is distraught that National Memorials has not delivered the headstone for her husband that she paid $1,575 for, News Channel 8 reports. The specialized headstone includes Neil Bruce Kessler’s badge number from the Lakeland Police Department, where he worked for 18 years. The Polk Sheriff’s Office says there could be criminal consequences if June Kessler doesn’t receive the headstone or a refund.
Most of the French macarons and other pastries created by DOU Bakehouse go to Orlando-area resorts, but retail customers can now pick them up curbside at the North Massachusetts Avenue bakery or at the downtown curb market, Fox 13 News reports. (DOU will not be at the Lakeland market this weekend, according to their Facebook page.)
For people who need help with personal income tax filing, the annual ritual has been complicated this year, as preparers have to follow COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing. Fortunately for Lakeland residents, free help is available with safety protocols in place for those who, while cautious, prefer human contact. More